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Leave a Gift in Your Will

An enduring gift that ensures future generations continue to have access to the outstanding music-making of the LSO.

‘My wife left a legacy to show her appreciation of the musical happiness she had received from her many hours of listening to the Orchestra … It is rewarding to know that a gift in my own Will is going to give a helping hand to the LSO, which does so much to enrich people’s lives. It is one way to say ‘thank you’.’ – An LSO Guardian

When the time is right for you to consider including a gift in your Will, please remember the LSO and consider joining our family of LSO Guardians.

Over the past 120 years, the LSO has played an important part in the lives of many people. Our concert seasons over the years have inspired, challenged, and brought joy to audiences all around the world. The generosity of our supporters is instrumental as we work to bring the Orchestra’s music to more people than ever before.

Gifts in Wills support all areas of the Orchestra’s work, including our world-leading concert season, and our learning and community programme, LSO Discovery, which nurtures the next generations of musicians and introduces the gift of music to young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. Gifts have played a critical role in sustaining the LSO through the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as allowing us to rebuild our concert season and our finances. They have the unique power to help us remain resilient to future challenges.

Every contribution, large or small, is deeply appreciated and will make a difference to the future of the LSO. By making this lasting commitment, you will be leaving your own musical legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Giving through your Will 

Leaving a gift to the LSO in your Will is easy to arrange and is one of the most flexible ways of giving. When considering your gift or writing your Will, we recommend that you seek the advice of a professional advisor who will be able to provide detailed guidance on the various types of legacy gifts. For example, you may wish to leave the LSO a proportion of your residuary estate, a specific sum, or the gift of an asset, such as stocks and shares.

If you have already written your Will and wish to include a gift to the LSO, you can simply make an addition by including a codicil, or note of amendment, to your existing Will.

Unrestricted legacy gifts are invaluable to the LSO and are by preference directed to the LSO Endowment Trust to help build a secure future for the Orchestra. We would be pleased to provide some suggested wording for your Will, and to answer any questions you might have about leaving a legacy gift to the LSO.

Gifts left to the LSO (a registered charity) in your will are completely free of inheritance tax. Giving to charity can have significant tax advantages. For those who leave at least 10% of their net estate to charity, the inheritance tax rate is discounted from 40% to 36%.

Tributes and In-Memory Support

There are few more meaningful gestures to remember someone than by sharing in the interests and activities that meant most to them.

If you are looking for an opportunity to celebrate the life or anniversary of a music-loving family member or friend, we would be honoured to discuss the options for an in-memoriam concert celebration.

In return for providing important philanthropic support for the Orchestra, we would work with you to create a special evening for you and your guests.

Thank You to Our LSO Guardians

If you have decided to leave a gift to the LSO in your Will, or are considering remembering the LSO in this meaningful way, we would be delighted to hear from you. There is no obligation to let us know your intentions, however we would value the opportunity to thank you for your support, and to keep you informed of the LSO’s work.

LSO Guardians are invited to be our guests for a special event each year, enjoying the opportunity to meet LSO musicians, and connect more closely with the work of the Orchestra.

Get In Touch

To inform us of your intentions, or have a discussion about leaving a legacy or remembering a loved one, please contact:

Madalene Smith Philanthropy Manager | +44 20 7382 2506

Emma Kjellin Individual Giving Manager | +44 20 7382 2542